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Dear Friends in Christ,

The Word of God this weekend reminds us “that the Lord is near and is merciful and forgiving.”  Isaiah’s words command a response: “Seek the Lord, forsake evil ways, Turn to the Lord.” God’s way can lead to healing restoration and life.  Isaiah’s words bring hope to the people after the time Babylonian exile and also to us in our time of challenge, difficulty and darkness.  Psalm 145 also reminds us of the Lord’s nearness to us, His People. The Psalm is one of praise and thanksgiving.

The Gospel (Matthew 20:1-16) reminds us of God’s ways of generosity and love.  God ways – the divine, are not our ways – the human.  We seek equality, just wages, rights met and honored momentarily because of what we accomplish or how hard and how long we work.  God treats us fairly but with mercy and love and generosity.

The theme of our liturgy today is unity and community and mutual respect.  Some lessons to meditate on this week could include: Know only yourself, your own intentions and motives, and Work with integrity with the gifts you have received and are willing to offer.

Each of us is expected to offer the fullness and the best of our lives and ability to the situation at hand.  In  all we do, give only glory and praise to God and pray to don’t seek glory for self.  May each of us live in a manner worthy of the Gospel in which we believe and are being saved.

Let us remember the mystery and paradox of God’s way – “The last will be first and the first will be last”.

Have a blessed and good week!

The gift you have received, give as a gift. (Matthew 10:8)

Please don’t forget our Annual Parish Eucharistic Devotions this weekend and especially Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at 7:00 PM.  Come and spend time in prayer and adoration with Jesus, the Bread of Life.  “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call Him while He is near” (Is. 55)

Father Kenneth G. Smith, Parochial Vicar











Saint Katharine Drexel